Hm, well if your a loyal Sony customer then I say go for a Sony camcorder. First off I'm taking it that this is just for recreational use.
In that case your best bet would be to start with the Sony TRV-33 or 38. It's a good entry level camcorder. Or if you want a smaller camcorder about the size of your palm, try the PC-XXX models such as the PC-101
I'm using the Sony TRV-17 (discontinued model) and from the videos you've seen on maX (minus the compression used in mpeg) it's pretty good watching it on TV.
The models higher usually have a bit more features such as higher resolution if you want to take still pictures with it. However I haven't had experience with the higher models, but the video quality might be slighly better.
The only model i'd step up to is the VX2000 (just about $3,000 USD), pretty much a 3CCD (more accurate color information and better low lighting)camcorder w/the XLR port for interchangable microphones, but that's over my price range and it's a bit bulky if you want to carry something compact.
But if you're not so sure if you want a Sony, you should go the camera stores and compare it with the other brands such as Canon, Panasonic, JVC, etc. Take the factors such as if you like the way it fits on your hands or how the controls are layed out on the camcorder, into consideration before buying one.
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Last edited by 330DTM; 03-05-2003 at 06:22 PM.